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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to compete on 'Dancing With the Stars'

February 8, 2009 | 11:05 pm
Steve Wozniak and Kathy Griffin
Steve Wozniak with former girlfriend Kathy Griffin. (Photo credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press.)

Put this in the "wait, really?" category: Steve Wozniak, the computer programmer who co-founded Apple, tonight was named a contestant on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."

The man known as the Woz created the original circuit board used for the Apple computer and teamed up with Steve Jobs in 1976 to sell it. He quit working at Apple full-time two decades ago and, after years working on different projects, reemerged last week as the chief scientist at Fusion-io, a computer storage start-up.

Not only must his computer chops be pretty sharp still, but he must also feel pretty good about his dancing skills.

ABC announced tonight that Wozniak is going to face off against 12 other contestants -- singers, actors and athletes -- in the show's eight season, which starts March 9.

His "Dancing With the Stars" competitors include: singers Lil' Kim, Jewel, Belinda Carlisle and Chuck Wicks; actors Denise Richards, David Alan Grier and Gilles Marini; Steve-O from "Jackass," "Access Hollywood" co-anchor Nancy O'Dell; rodeo star Ty Murray; former NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor; and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Wonder if Wozniak, who's 59, has programmed an algorithm to calculate his odds of winning.

This won't be Wozniak's first appearance on reality television: He was a regular on "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List" because he was dating the comedian.

-- Chris Gaither

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